CBL Roundtable on Financial Policy & Regulation

The CBL Roundtable is an invite-only program that seeks to assemble diverse perspectives from regulators, operators, and investors to expressly identify friction points and, more importantly, pragmatic solutions for everyone involved in the ecosystem.

The goal of the CBL Roundtable is to promote dialogue and thought-leadership around the evolving regulatory frameworks for new financial products and services.

The next CBL Roundtable will take place at UC Law SF on Thursday October 12, 2023.


1:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
1:40 p.m. Keynote
2:00 p.m. The Evolving Litigation Landscape for Digital Assets
2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00 p.m. The Future of Stablecoins in the U.S.
3:45 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 p.m. The Role of Liquidity Management in Financial Services
4:45 p.m. Adjournment
4:50 p.m. Drinks/Cocktail Reception
5:30 p.m. Dinner

Confirmed speakers:

  1. Luke Reidenbach, Chief Consultant for the Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance, Assemblymember Timothy Grayson
  2. Candace Kelly, Chief Legal Officer, Stellar Development Foundation
  3. Deborah McCrimmon, VP, Deputy GC, Litigation & Employment, Ripple
  4. Samantha Lawson, Associate GC Litigation, Coinbase
  5. Eric Sibbitt, Partner, Paul Hastings
  6. Evan Epstein, Executive Director CBL and Adjunct Professor, UC Law SF
  7. Avy Malik, General Counsel, California DFPI
  8. Kayvan Sadeghi, Partner, Jenner & Block
  9. John Crawford, Professor, UC Law SF
  10. Dan Siciliano, Vice-Chair FHLB of San Francisco
  11. Gordon Y. Liao, Chief Economist, Circle
  12. Flavia Naves, Co-Director, CBL Roundtable; Commissioner, Wyoming Stable Token Commission
  13. Manny Alvarez, Founding Principal, BridgeCounsel Strategies; former Commissioner CA DFPI



Past Programs:

  • III CBL Roundtable on Financial Policy & Regulation. May 24th, 2023


Keynote Speaker: Kristin Smith, CEO Blockchain Association.

  1. The CSBS Model Money Transmission Modernization Act
    • Flavia Naves, Co-Director, CBL Roundtable; General Counsel, Circle.
    • Raj Aji, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Bill.com
    • Adam Fleisher, Special Counsel, Cooley
  2. Digital Assets Regulation
    • Abe Cable, Professor UC Law SF and Faculty Director, CBL.
    • Jeanette Quick, Deputy Commissioner of Investor Protection, California DFPI
    • Mandeep Walia, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer, Circle
    • Katherine Kirkpatrick, CLO, Cboe Digital
  3. Special Topics in Digital Assets: Bankruptcy, Partnerships, and Enforcement.
    • Evan Epstein, Executive Director CBL and Adjunct Professor, UC Law SF
    • Quincy Vien, Counsel, Enforcement Division California DFPI
    • Chris Daniel, Partner, Paul Hastings
    • Joshua Rivera, GC Blockchain Capital



  • II CBL Roundtable on Financial Policy & Regulation. May 10-11, 2022.


  1. Keynote by Commissioner Clothilde Hewlett, California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation (DFPI)
  2. Public Banking and CRA Regime for Money Transmitters.
    1. Manuel Alvarez Director, CBL Roundtable
    2. Kevin Stein, Chief of Legal & Strategy, California Reinvestment Coalition
    3. Kevin Gould, EVP Director Government Relations, California Bankers Association
  3. The Role of the State of California in Regulating Crypto.
    1. Candace Kelly, General Counsel, Stellar Development Foundation
    2. Edgar Gill, Senior Deputy Commissioner, DFPI
    3. Anthony Alexis, Partner, Goodwin Procter
  4. Diversity in the Boardroom Post SB-826 and AB-979.
    1. Evan Epstein, Executive Director CBL and Adjunct Professor of Law, UC Law SF
    2. Ahmad Thomas, CEO, Silicon Leadership Valley Group
    3. Anne Sheehan, Former Director of Corporate Governance at CalSTRS. Director of Victoria’s Secret & Co, and Senior Advisor at PJT Camberview.
  5. Keynote by Senator Monique Limón, Chair of the California Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.



  • The first CBL Roundtable was held at UC Law SF on November 12th, 2021.


  1. Keynote by Max Levchin, Founder & CEO of Affirm, Inc.
  2. The Fate of Cryptocurrency
  3. The Role of Technology in Closing the Wealth Gap
  4. Incumbent Innovation



Check out this Q&A with Manny Alvarez about the origin of the CBL Roundtable.

If you want to learn more about the program, please contact:

Evan Epstein, Executive Director of UC Center for Business Law SF and Adjunct Professor, UC Law SF.

Flavia Naves, Co-Director of the CBL Roundtable for Financial Policy & Regulation

Leslie Hernandez, Faculty Support (for questions on logistics): hernandezleslie@uclawsf.edu